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It's giving me vertigo just looking at that wave.

Apparently 90ft wasn't big enough, so he went back for more.  Although they are calling this one 90ft too, so we'll have to wait and see if its official. 

Has anyone EVER surfed a 100 foot wave before?

Nope, apparently not.

Nope; it's an outstanding worldwide challenge.  My money is on Mark Visser. 

I'm going to go out on a limb before the Guiness Book of World Records people do.  I'm going to say the wave is between 70ft to 84ft high with 84 feet the highest based on all the video and pictures.  It's possible the wave flared up to reach 100ft, but I haven't seen it.  

Surf Art / 90ft, 100ft, 70ft, or 84ft??

Just looking at that image puts real fear into me.

I've been swimming out at the Wedge in Newport Beach, CA back when I was a kid during a 30ft day.   You had to swim down 20 feet, dig your hands and feet into the sand at the bottom and hold on for dear life while a monster of a wave roared over your head like standing next to a freight train after and initial explosive shock.  After about 30 seconds, you could swim up through 12 feet of sea foam that was dying down and might be lucky enough to make it to the surface to take another breath before the next wave comes where you have to do it all over again. 

When I was a kid too, we were one of the first people to big wave surf Todos Santos off of Ensenada in the late 80's and early 90's.  

That's a very graphic description -- a wave roaring over your head -- and it makes me wonder if one day there will be (much safer) surfing simulators that give you the feeling without the danger.

I'm guessing the danger is part of the feeling.  Though, I saw a Battlefield3 simulator that used paintballs to augment the game.  The military guy who tried it out said the color of his adrenaline was the same, so I think it's possible, but would it be a pleasant experience?? 

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